Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Columbus, Ohio
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Breakout Session 1
8:35 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
11a - Fact and Fiction of Socio-Emotional Development During Adolescence
Many ideas concerning the effects of puberty on socio-emotional development have emerged throughout the years. The presentation looks at three of the largest research studies concerning adolescence and explains how these studies helped to define adolescence while also establishing some myths that have adhered to adolescents in unflattering ways. The presentation will dispel these myths that many hold concerning adolescence and the connection between puberty and socio-emotional development. It challenges us to continue the search for a more valid and appropriate depiction of adolescence and how we, as practitioners, can support their socio-emotional development.
11b - Campus to Field: Student Teacher Perceptions of Theory to Practice
As the Middle Level Certificate in Pennsylvania gears up after its first completers in 2013, we begin to recognize the issues and challenges that need to be addressed to improve and sustain it. One of those challenges is to develop a consistent and cohesive transition from the on-campus teacher education classroom to our public school classrooms in practice. Since the majority of our current middle level teachers earned certificates in either Elementary Education (PK-6) or Secondary Education in one content area (7-12) and have not been through a formal middle level certificate program, there is often a significant disconnect in many areas; particularly young adolescent development and pedagogy. This session reports the findings of a research investigation that sought to explore the level of connection from on-campus instruction to field practice in one middle level teacher education program in order to develop solutions toward improved practice and program collaboration.
12a - Redesigning a Middle Level Teacher Preparation Program: Meeting New State Requirements
Steven Mertens, Gary Weilbacher, Douglas Hatch, Linda Haling, Ellis Hurd, and Robyn Seglem
This session will include a description of a newly redesigned teacher preparation program, the research basis for revisions, efforts to improve research on effectiveness of programs, and engage the audience in discussion of similar efforts at their institutions.
12b - Identifying Middle Grades "Teacher Preparation Programs to Watch": Beginning the Conversation
Nancy Mizelle, Nancy Bell Ruppert, and Joanne Previts
Dr. John Lounsbury writes that those involved in middle grades teacher preparation are the "torch bearers" for the middle grades movement into the next generation. The time has come for teacher educators to take the lead in assessing our own programs--to ensure we are holding ourselves to high standards for our candidates and ultimately their young adolescent students. Teacher educators working together to develop criteria for a "teacher preparation program to watch" moves us in that direction.
13a - Middle Level Best Practice and Student Achieivement
In this age of high stakes testing and budget cuts, middle level best practice is often pushed aside. This session will share research conducted in Texas to determine the level of implementation of middle level best practices. Data will also be shared concerning the relationship of middle level practice to student achievement in math and reading. There will be discussion concerning how middle level educators can advocate for middle level best practice.
13b - Co-Teaching Online: Preparing Alternate Route Middle Level Educators
Nicole Miller and Bethany McKissick
Learn about an online co-teaching model in a middle level teacher preparation program to prepare teachers to work effectively with all young adolescents, including students with disabilities. This presentation will provide the justification and rationale for this model, along with benefits and challenges experienced and those identified for future and continuing implementation.
14a - Reflections on Teaching the Teaching Cycle: Middle Level Teacher Candidate Experiences with edTPA
Holly Henderson Pinter and Kim Winter
This session includes perspective and voices of faculty and teacher candidates working with the teacher performance assessment portfolio (edTPA). Our program recently implemented edTPA as the assessment tool for licensure. Faculty used backwards mapping of curriculum designto aid in teacher candidate preparedness for success with the portfolio. Teacher candidates then completed surveys analyzing their experiences with edTPA after completion. This session will present perspectives from both views. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged.
14b - Uncovering Discrepancies: Aligning Local edTPA Scores with SCALE Scores
We present findings from a study conducted with faculty in a middle level teacher education program transitioning to edTPA. By identifying areas of discrepancy between local rubric scores and SCALE scores, we address concerns about the standardization of teacher preparation programs. A model for integrating edTPA topics into existing coursework will also be shared. Participants will have opportunities to evaluate a sample portion of a portfolio and participate in technology discussions.
Breakout Session 2
9:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
21a - Using Concrete Dispositions to Evaluate Teacher Education Candidates
Lienne Medford and Bea Bailey
This session will look at a Teacher Professionalism Matrix (TPM) developed by one middle level program to evaluate teacher candidate dispositions, as required by CAEP. The TPM was created to avoid a number of pitfalls surrounding dispositional instruments.
21b - Assessment of Dispositional Attributes of Middle Level Teaching Candidates
Middle level education demands a special set of pedagogical skills and knowledge in order to effectively meet the needs of emerging adolescents. What are the dispositional qualities of effective middle level educators? How and where do the "science" and "art" of middle level education intersect, and how can teacher preparation programs cultivate this connection? This interactive presentation will explore current research and practice in helping develop the best new middle level teachers.
22a - Middle Grades Teacher Preparation in the United States
Christopher Cook, Shawn Faulkner, Penny Howell, Nicole Thompson, and Nicole Miller
Middle level advocates have argued for specialized middle level preparation programs that provide candidates with appropriate knowledge to teach young adolescents effectively (Jackson & Davis, 2000; McEwin, Smith, & Dickinson, 2003). This session highlights the status of middle level teacher preparation in the United States and explores ways to provide a more consistent and specialized approach that embraces middle grades philosophy.
22b - Middle Grades Teacher Education: Regulations and Realities
Penny Howell, Christopher Cook, Shawn Faulkner, Nicole Thompson, and Nicole Miller
This session highlights current state regulations governing the licensure/certification of teachers for the middle grades in 50 states and the District of Columbia and how they influence specialized middle level teacher preparation.
23a - Online Training Modules for Middle School Teachers
Katherine Main and Donna Pendergast
There is a gap in the knowledge and skills base of many teachers working with young adolescents and the need for effective and accessible professional development. Continuing professional development (CPD) is one of the most potent strategies for improving student outcomes. This presentation will demonstrate an online set of modules designed to upskill middle years teachers.
23b - When a Rookie Hits a Grand Slam: Modifying a Middle Level Lesson for ELL Students
Douglas Hatch and Stan Gillespie
A typical teacher education assignment: Modify a lesson for ELL students. This session is about an exemplary teacher candidates' extraordinary, comprehensive response to the assignment… A "wow" moment that has the potential to raise hopes for middle level ELL students and the middle level teaching profession.
24a - Integrating Academic Language and Literacy: Spiraling Support for Teacher Candidates
Amanda Wall and Michelle Reidel
Teacher educators emphasize literacy and academic language across the content areas, but these are challenging topics for teacher candidates. Learn how one middle level teacher education program supports literacy integration and academic language for teacher candidates so they are better prepared to plan for, teach, and assess middle grades learners with language demands in mind. Presenters will share examples and engage attendees through Nearpod (http://www.nearpod.com/).
24b - Transitioning to Standards-Based Assessment in Middle Level Teacher Education Classes
Jessica DeMink-Carthew and Carmen Petrick Smith
In this session, you will learn how to transform assessments traditionally used in the teacher education classroom into standards-based assessments. Special attention will be given to the rationale for standards-based assessment in middle level teacher education. Attendees will look at examples and work with others to experiment with transforming existing assessments into a standards-based format. A digital Piktochart presentation will allow attendees to follow on their personal devices and save key ideas from the presentation for future reference. (BYOD is encouraged.)
Breakout Session 3
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
31a - To Hire or Not to Hire? Principals' Perceptions of Middle Level Teacher Candidates
Middle school teachers need adequate training to teach adolescents (Virtue, 2007) as, in addition to teaching the assigned content, they also teach life lessons, provide role models, and influence the lives of impressionable students (Lounsbury & Vars, 2003). While many states have established new programs, little is known about how those certificates translate into the marketplace. This presentation will describe a study that examined middle level principals' thoughts on those programs.
31b - Are We Ready Yet? First Year Middle Level Teachers' Perceptions of Their Teacher Education Programs
This research presentation will reveal findings from a study that investigated first year teachers' feelings about their abilities. Findings revealed that participants felt least prepared in teaching that supports English-Language learners and addresses special needs. Participants felt best prepared to work with classroom material and connect it to the real world.
32a - Who Will Carry the Torch? Mentoring the Next Generation of Middle Level Advocates
Robin Dever, Paula White, and Diane Ross
Who will carry the torch of middle level advocacy and education to the next generation of professionals? How can we mentor those interested in middle level teacher education and research to continue on the legacy of those who mentored us? Share methods and strategies to foster the next generation.
32b - An Advisor/Advisee Program for Middle Level Teacher Education Students? Yes, Please!
Douglas Hatch, Ellis Hurd, Steven Mertens, and Gary Weilbacher
Advisor/advisee for college students? Yes, please! A panel of teacher educators will share their efforts in implementing an advisory program and will solicit ideas from attendees for topics and activities for the program.
33a - Differentiated Learning Centers Fair: Teaching and Professional Learning On-Site in a Middle School
Teacher candidates and university/school faculty explore how an on-site course and related culminating activity, the Differentiated Learning Centers Fair, encourage reflective dialogue about teaching and learning in the middle grades. Attendees will participate in a mini-fair, engaging in hands-on activities and investigating how to connect practitioners' identified learning needs to opportunities afforded by a professional development school partnership with a middle school.
33b - Clinical Practices and Partnerships in Middle Level Teacher Education
Penny Howell, Jeanneine Jones, and Jan Carpenter
This session will highlight clinical practices and partnerships in middle level teacher education. We will review the variety of opportunities institutions have for creating partnerships or clinical experiences for middle level teacher candidates. As the field of teacher education emphasizes the role of clinical experiences within school-university partnerships, middle level teacher education programs can utilize this approach to highlight important concepts of middle level education. This session will be a conversation between audience members and presenters about their own partnerships and clinical practices.